CBS has given pilot orders to untitled dramas from two of the most prolific producers at the moment: Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. One of the pilots is executive produced by John Cusack, the other is an adaptation of the Israeli series Ran Quartet written/executive produced by David Marshall Grant (Smash). Both hail from CBS TV Studios where Timberman/Beverly is based.
The John Cusack drama is set in the world of Wall Street power and money. It was written by Taylor Elmore (Justified) and Ben Cavell from a story the two co-wrote with Cusack and Kevin McCabe. The four executive produce with Timberman and Beverly. There are no plans for Cusack, always sought after for pilots, to act.
The untitled David Marshall Grant project is a soapy medical show revolving around quadruplets – three brothers and a sister – who grew up on a reality show. In the Israeli Ran Quartet, created by Giyora Yahalom and Oren Jakobi, the four siblings had had their entire lives documented by a filmmaker until age 32, when the documentary stops and everyone comes to find the four’s real lives are quite different from the way they had been portrayed on TV. It ran on Israeli satcaster Yes for two seasons (check out the video below). CBS first took a stab at developing an adaptation of Ran Quartet during the 2009-10 season when the script, written by Revenge and Swingtown creator Mike Kelly and his brother Chris, also got to pilot stage. In that version, the quadruplets became quintuplets, thus the title Quinn-Tuplets. The network then teamed with Grant, Timberman and Beverly last season for a new take on Ran Quartet said to have more of a procedural element. It is now getting a pilot order.
The three are executive producing with Yona Wiesenthal, Avi Armoza, Eilon Ratzkovsky, Yahalom, Jakobi, Intrigue’s Tariq Jalil and David Garrett. The two CBS pilots join a straight-to-series order Timberman/Beverly just received for a David O. Russell/Susannah Grant drama at ABC. The duo has four other series on the air: Justified, Elementary, Unforgettable and Masters Of Sex.